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									Associate Scientist
Center for Cancer Research, NCI

The Center for Cancer Research has adopted the following policy regarding Associate Scientists.

Associate Scientists (AS) are Staff Scientists who play a variety of critical roles within the CCR.
They are not on a tenure track. Associate Scientists have substantial expertise in their field of
endeavor. For example, these individuals would have stature such that they are called upon as
experts by outside institutions, are invited to give seminars at research institutions and national
meetings, and/or serve on grant study sections. Individuals performing in a strict service
capacity will not be considered for this rank.

Resources. The availability of resources will depend on the nature of the research that is being
performed by the AS. Associate Scientist status does not confer independent resources.

• If the Associate Scientist is pursuing a line of research that is a subset of a broader research
program being led by a Senior Investigator, the resources provided to the AS will be at the
discretion of the Senior Investigator.

• For Associate Scientists who are performing collaborative work across the intramural program
(for example, in leading a Core facility), an appropriate budget will be provided by the Scientific
Director. Acting as a facility head is not sufficient in itself for conferring AS status.

Service to the CCR, NCI and NIH. While Associate Scientists will be expected to engage in
active research, they will also be expected to devote upwards of 10% of their time to service to
NCI/CCR, bringing their scientific expertise to a number of different areas. These activities may
include committee membership and participation (e.g. animal care, IRB, ad hoc committees),
teaching/lecturing in CCR-sponsored courses and tours, hosting speakers in the CCR seminar
series, attending and participating in the PI retreat, representing CCR at on- and off- campus
meetings as necessary, and performing any other activities deemed appropriate by the SD.

Criteria for Appointment. The following is required to attain AS status:

1. Has a substantial record of achievement;
2. Plays a major support role within a quality research program;
3. Has made major contributions to peer-reviewed publications as evidenced by co-authorship
on a reasonable number of publications in journals generally acknowledged to be of high quality;
4. Other evidence of being held in high regard by peers, such as being consulted by others at the
NIH or elsewhere for advice and/or assistance;
5. Has made exceptional achievements or other contributions that significantly promote the
mission of the NCI or other ICs ;
6. Has a record of high achievement for a substantial number of years, documented by at least
five letters from referees who are not recent collaborators, including at least three letters from
outside NCI-CCR and at least two letters from outside the NIH;
7. May have made significant methodological or other contributions to the scientific literature;
8. May be required to supervise doctoral-level or senior staff if the laboratory or the facility in
which they work is large.

Given these criteria, designation as an Associate Scientist will be rare.

Conferral of Status. Candidates must be nominated for Associate Scientist status by a CCR
Lab/Branch Chief. To be considered for AS status, the Lab/Branch Chief must submit a memo,
through the assigned Deputy, to the Scientific Director formally nominating for AS status. An
updated CV must be included as well as five letters of reference as described above.

The nomination will be reviewed by the Senior Staff of the CCR, chaired by the SD for CCR.
The assigned Deputy will present the nomination. The Deputy Directors for CCR, the Associate
Director for Science, the SD for Clinical Research, and the SD for CCR will vote on the
nomination. A majority of the votes cast will be required to approve the nomination. At least
three voting members must be present for a quorum.

Compensation. Generally, Associate Scientists will be appointed under the T42(g) authority. If
a current T5 employee is approved for Associate Scientist status, they will be supported for
promotion up to the GS-15 grade as appropriate. Note, OHR/NIH retains final classification
approval of these promotions. Support for promotion does not guarantee OHR will approve.

For those appointed under T42, the criteria for Associate Scientist status aligns very closely with
those for the third tier of the T42 pay model for Band II. Individuals approved for AS status will
be submitted for a pay adjustment bringing their salary into the third tier of the pay model
($140,881 - $162,371 in 2007). Note that NCC review and NIH Director approval may be
required for such pay adjustments.

Scientific Review. Associate Scientists may be reviewed by site-visit and BSC at the discretion
of the SD, generally reflecting the extent of their resources. If not reviewed by the BSC, the AS
will be reviewed by the CCR Quadrennial Review Panel every four years. Continuation of AS
status will be dependent on a positive review.

								
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